Reach–Out Delirium Service, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Reach-Out’ (Reduce, Educate, Assess & Care with Hope) is a dedicated service for delirium and is leading the way in screening and assessing patients to prevent delirium. It is the first of its kind in the UK. The teams work seven days a week at both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital.
The aim of the service is to screen all over 65s and anyone known to memory services when they are admitted to hospital, to identify those at risk of developing delirium in hospital. It does this by proactively accessing patients daily, and has several key elements: prevention, effective screening, support, treatment, liaising with other services to support discharge, and education.
The Reach-out service is now part of a multi-disciplinary team and provides practical assistance, advice and feedback on how best to nurse elderly patients who are delirious. They are a key part of the system, helping the flow of patients to enable safe, quicker discharge.
Nominated by: Trudy Harrison MP and Rt Hon Rory Stewart OBE MP